The Way Home Giveaway

Book – The Way Home

30 years ago in the spring of 1991, The Way Home was published! It was the first picture book for either of us, the author Judy Richardson and me. To mark the occasion, I’m offering a Giveaway of 4 autographed paperback copies! Please find out the eligibility requirements and how to enter the contest at the end of this post.

UPDATE: Congratulations to the 4 Giveaway winners! – Melissa Hopkins, Gerry Bates, Nancy deVillers and Lisa Hunter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about your favorite books from childhood. Out of the 363 entries, there was a wide range of books mentioned from well known ones to more obscure titles. Classics like The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh, Wind in the Willows, The Borrowers, Pippi Longstockings, Madeline, and Black Beauty were popular. Several people shared their memories of the Little Golden Books, which were sold for 25 cents at the super market. I encourage you to read through the comments to get the true depth and breadth of the influence of children’s books. Thank you to all of you who participated!

The book has long been out of print, so this is a rare opportunity to have your own copy. I’ve previously written about our first adventure in children’s book publishing, from inception to completion, in an in-depth series of posts about The Way Home. Those of you who’ve been following my blog from the start will be familiar with the series, but I think newer subscribers will enjoy the story too! Links are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

in my studio with the finished illustrations from “The Way Home” 1990

This recent message from Chelsea spurred me on do something to recognize the 30 year mark. “I am still in awe of your work 30 plus years later. I grew up with the images of Savi the Elephant from The Way Home as one of the most magical children’s books I’ve ever seen. I’m actually expecting my first baby this fall. My beloved copy of The Way Home may be a bit worn but it will be a centerpiece for the theme of our little one’s room.”

Judy Richardson and I are still good friends and see each other often. Here we are in 1991 with Bella the elephant at the Barnstable County Fair and 30 years later.

Judy and Salley with Bella the elephant at the Barnstable County Fair, 1991
Judy and Salley 30 years later

Information about the book Giveaway:

Who is eligible? Residents of the United States of America. (Apologies to my international fans, but the cost of shipping is too dear.)
How do I enter? Leave a comment on this post that mentions a favorite children’s book from your childhood, by May 31, 2021. Comments on Instagram or Facebook will not be considered. Good Luck!

4 winners will be picked at random on June 1st. I will contact the winners and mail them the autographed paperback copies of The Way Home.

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364 thoughts on “The Way Home Giveaway

  1. My favorite childhood book was “My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett and I still love it today!

    • I loved hearing mom read Richard Scarry stories and looking at all the pictures. “Is this the house of mistress mouse?” Was a favorite

      • There were so many favorites growing up, but one I still have and love is Remember the Night Rainbow. Lovely surrealist illustrations and words of wisdom for people of any age. I’m expecting a baby later this summer and look forward to sharing this work with them- and yours too! Thank you for your beautiful, mindful work, Salley Mavor!

    • My favorite was either Make Way for Ducklings or The Owl and the Turtle! I can’t decide! I just love all things animals.

  2. I would love a chance to win your magical book! When I was a kid I loved The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton. I read it over and over!

  3. This book looks charming!! A favorite book from my childhood was Babar’s Fair.🥰 If you have not read it you should.

    • So many books come to mind. I loved all of the Serendipity books and still do. I can spend hours just enjoying the illustrations. My childhood favorite had to be The Runaway Pancake though. I read it over and over until it fell apart.

  4. I’d love to see this book. I bought The Tall Book of Fairy Tales when I was expecting my first child. Then I bought 3 more copies for the rest of my kids. I want my grandkids to have the book.

  5. Hi Salley!

    Thank you for this opportunity! My favorite book was a Sesame Street one called “The Monster at the End of this Book” – even though Grover begs you to not turn the page, my curious little self just absolutely had to!!

    PS I traveled a few hours away to see your show in Mount Vernon. It was such a lovely experience to see your work in person. Very inspiring and thank you so much for continually sharing what your do ❤

  6. One of my favorite childhood picture books was called”The Great Escape or The Sewer Story” about a colony of alligators living in the NYC sewers (pets who were flushed when they got too big). They gathered the change that rolled into the grates and use it to plan an elaborate scheme to charter a plane and parachute back into the Everglades. It was extremely funny and very colorful.

  7. Oh Salley this is so exciting! I hadn’t seen the blogs about “The Way Home”. Its one book I’ve never been able to find. Thank you so much for bringing it back to our attention. One of my special favorite children’s books was a Golden book about a Dad taking his little girl to the circus. Our copy was worn out and I think Mom threw it away. I’ve never found another copy. I’ve hoped for years that it would be reprinted. The illustrations were precious. The little girl is sleeping in her daddy’s arms after the fun day at the circus.

  8. Hello Salley, I would love to win a copy of your book for my newly minted granddaughter! Our family’s favorite read-aloud book is “The Wheel on the School”. (by Meindert deJong). Looking forward to sharing The Bed Book with Amaya when she gets a little older.

  9. My favorite children’s book was “Never Talk To Strangers” by Irma Joyce. The illustrations are straight from the 60’s. I have always loved good illustrations.

    • I had so many favorites growing up but really liked the boxcar children series. I’ve been reading your “Pocketful of Posies: A treasury of nursery rhymes” to my 4 year old at night. It takes me back to when my mom use to tock me in the rocking chair and sing/say many of the same rhymes. Your textile work though adds so much to it. I would love to share another one of your books with my little guy.

  10. The book I remember the most from my childhood is The Boxcar Children. I was fascinated with them making a tiny comfortable home. Now, over 50 years later I find myself in my own comfortable and cozy tiny house

  11. First off thank you for all your wonderful books. My favorite childhood book was The Elves and the Shoemaker because it said the elves came in on moonbeams. From then on I wanted to slide down a moonbeam.

  12. The Bed That Knew How To Fly, about a girl who comes down with chicken pox (or Measles), keeping her from going to the circus. She is disappointed and, in bed in her stripy pajamas, discovers that the carved face on the headboard of her bed comes to life. The bed flies her out the window and over the circus tent wher she enjoys a bird’s eye – bed’s-eye- view of the show. The book is long out of print, but it left a lifelong imprint for both me and my twin sister, now 59 years old.

  13. Wow, it’s wonderful that all these years you have been able to do what you love to do and are so wonderful at! Congratulations on 30 years of this adorable book! I loved horse and dog books of all kinds! Marguerite Henry books illustrated by Wesley Dennis were my favorites, like Misty of Chincoteague and Stormy, Misty’s foal. Great writing and great art!

  14. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett was my favorite book as a young girl. I lost my father when I was 8 years old so I identified with the primary character.

    I am a miniaturist so I admire and adore your beautiful illustrations—I know how much work goes into each one!!

  15. Although I have a wonderful collection of children’s story book, my first favorite remains Charlotte’s Web as it was the first novel I read at age 8. The Secret Garden and The Little Princess quickly followed. Quirky reads such as The House of 30 Cats and Baby Island competed with any time travel book or story about little people or dolls that come alive.

  16. In the 1950s Miss Hickory inspired in me generations of twig ladies in Rose of Sharon ball gowns with phlox petal bodices. They danced with twig gentlemen in brilliant trumpet vine flower shirts.

  17. Frederick! I still have the book (apparently first edition), and many many years later I read a book called A Color Of His Own to the Head Start where I volunteer(ed? they haven’t let us back in yet) and the author’s name sounded familiar and it turned out to be the same guy: Leo Lionni.

  18. My dad read Robin Hood stories to me at bedtime every night, from a book he gave me when I was a toddler. My memories of those stories and the time with him literally go back to the earliest days I remember.

  19. I loved to read as a child, and still do. The Betsy, Tacy and Tib series of books by Maude Hart Lovelace were beloved, from cover to cover. I also enjoyed the Doctor Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting.

    • I started following you when I read an article about you in The Mary Engelbreit Magazine. I absolutely love your tiny little creations.

  20. My Aunt Mary gave me “Little Women” for Christmas when I was nine. I read it once a year for the next ten years, and a few more times since then. I cried every time Beth died. Because it wasn’t illustrated, I had to make up the scenes in my head. Now I’m a painter.

  21. For me it was Pippi Longstocking. She was quirky and a little bit exotic to me. And oh so daring. I loved her. Still do.

  22. My favorite childhood book was “All the Children of the World”. I don’ t remember who wrote the book or the song, however, I catch my self humming the song frequently.

  23. I loved all books as a child, but one that I loved when I was quite young was a simple Golden Book titled “Itty, Bitty Raindrop.” I just loved the raindrop illustrations and looked at them over and over.

  24. My favorite book was Black Beauty. I read it several times as a girl. As a mom I’ve tried to instill a love of books to our children and grandchildren. One of their favorites would be The Quiltmaker’s Gift.

  25. I loved to read, pretty much any book I got my hands on. But my favorite was Charlottes Web. Loved it. It really fit into my very vivid imagination.

  26. Salley, I love your book illustrations and your stop-motion videos! I could look at your artwork for hours exploring the stitches and findings you use. Please add me to the list of people interested in a copy of The Way Home. I have too many favorite childhood books: The Story of Ferdinand, The Secret Garden, and the Mary Poppins books were some of them.

  27. Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak. Someone mentioned Christopher Robin – I still have my set of Pooh books and recently purchased a full set of Narnia books because I love those stories.

    Oh, so many good kids books!!!

  28. My all time favorite book from my childhood is Pitidoe the Colormaker, now also out of print, sadly.
    I was gifted with a retired library copy of the book by my late brother, who searched it out online. I don’t want to give away the story, but suffice it to say the plot of this book emanates the essence of all that is beautiful in this crazy world. I treasure this tale and can recite the text by heart!

  29. It’s hard to pick just one favorite book – there are so many wonderful children’s books! One special book that comes to mind is “Annie and the Wild Animals” by Jan Brett.

  30. When I was very young, I loved all of Beatrix Potter’s books, especially Peter Rabbit. The summer I was 7, my mother bought me my very own copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at a book fair. I was hooked on The Chronicles of Narnia, and begged for the rest of the books. I read the over and over until I almost had them memorized!

  31. I would love a copy of your book! I have so many favorite books from childhood it’s hard to choose one. I guess I’d have to say the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery 😊

  32. My favorite book from childhood was Apple Tree Cottage. Unfortunately I loaned my books to a neighbor and never saw them again.

  33. OH, an elephant book by Salley! Horton the Elephant was a highlight of my childhood, a creature who was faithful 100%. If I were to be lucky enough to win a copy, I’d give it to an elephant-crazy friend–after enjoying it carefully for a while myself. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with the world.

  34. It was such fun to read through these posts and reminisce! It’s hard to choose, but I’ll go with The Little House books.

  35. I loved Heidi as a little girl. I still have my copy of it as well as the Secret Garden. There were so many books that I find it hard to assign the word favorite to any one book. I always had a book in my hand even as I did chores. I remember listening for my mom’s footfalls as I was changing my bed. She must have wondered quite often why it took me so long to accomplish any task I was assigned to do. Reading was the most important and fulfilling part of my life.

  36. I loved the book Blueberries for Sal. And all of Robert McCloskey’s books.
    My daughter grew up with it as well and always wanted to get it at the library even though she had a copy at home

  37. The first book I learned to read by myself was “Green Eggs and Ham.” My mother succumbed  to our urging and made me and my two brothers and sister a breakfast of green eggs and green ham. I remember being disappointed because i expected they would taste wildly different than regular eggs and ham.

  38. I loved “The Pokey Little Puppy” when I was in kindergarten. I still have a copy and have read it to our children, grandchildren, and as a teacher to my preschool children.

  39. One of my favorite books as a child was the Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik. We have had The Way Home checked out from the library many times!

  40. I love reading everyone’s comments about their favorite books! So many are familiar…I had The Pokey Little Puppy and many others mentioned. My favorite book was ANDREW HENRY”S MEADOW about Andrew Henry who loved to build things and he ran away and built special houses for each of his friends that considered each of their passions. I also loved MR PINES PURPLE HOUSE and MA LEIN AND HIS MAGIC PAINTBRUSH.

    • I love Andrew Henrys Meadow also! It is a favorite of my grandchildren. I was lucky enough to live on the island where the author of that book lived and worked.

  41. Both the Tall Book of Nursery Rhymes & The Tall Book of Nursery Tales. I read & re-read them as a child, and still have my falling apart copies. They were re-printed when my children were small. I loved reading them with and to them, and also to the many decades of children I taught in Kindergarten and my own Rocking Horse Preschool. Feodor Rojankovsky’s illustrations hold up to this day as they are so expressive and colorful!

  42. Thank you Salley for this beautiful story of a lasting and precious friendship. My Dad loved to read and tell the story of The Little Red Hen. He made it so fun! Both my Nana and my Mama always made their own bread. I learned from both of them at a very early age and still make bread. My son learned at a young age and is now a baker of sourdough bread in Wyoming! Perhaps I learned to be a helper and a worker at a young age from this tale. However, unlike the Red Hen, I would have shared the bread with my friends warm out of the oven even if they did not help when asked! I am glad that part did not rub off on me! ❤️

  43. Your work is magical. Congratulations on 30 years of creating such wonder. My favorite book is very old and titled “Baby Talk”.

  44. One of my favorites is “Charlotte’s Web”. I just love your work and hope to see one of your exhibits when displayed in New England. ❤️

  45. I don’t remember a favorite book from my childhood, but I do remember both of my children’s favorite. It was “Go Dog Go”. I think I had it memorized I read it to them so many times.

  46. The first book that I remember loving was The Story About Ping, written by Marjorie Flack, illustrated by Kurt Weise published 1933.
    I’m not sure if it appealed to me because he was avoiding a spank or because of how excited I was to think of far away China.

  47. My first chapter book was Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones. It’s about a little girl, Twig, who finds a Elf in her backyard. I checked it out of the book mobile during the summer. I finally found my own copy a couple of years ago. It’s sweet.

  48. Thanks for this generous giveaway. I had so many beloved books. The Black Stallion series was my fave during my horse phase.

  49. Thank you Salley. My favorite childhood book, as a child, was The Secret Kitten By Anne Mallett (1972). But my favorite childhood book as a mom was your version of Hey Diddle Diddle. Thank you for your wonderful art work.

  50. One of my favorites has always been The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl. It’s impossible to resist the tale about a lovely light luscious delectable cake that grows way too big!
    …a long time ago there lived over the waters, a Duchess, a Duke, and their family of daughters…

    Thank you Salley for generously sharing your work with us on emails that arrive regularly!

  51. I have just recently discovered you and your amazing talents. Unfortunately, my parents did not read to us, but my three children loved books. One of our favorites has always been “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.
    I woul love to share “The Way Home” with my grandchildren!

  52. My favorite book was the Surprise Doll. It’s about a little girl whose father was a sea captain and brought her dolls from all over until she had one for every day of the week except Sunday. Then the dollmaker made her a doll that looked just like her. I loved dolls and always wished I could have one that looked like me.

  53. I loved Yertle the Turtle as a child. Probably because my dad would read it to us and that was a treat. He loved Dr. Suess books. My favorite that my mom read was The Story of Babar.

  54. I instantly thought of the Babar books when I saw your elephants, definitely some of my favorites. One of my favorite memories I have is of my mother reading me The Happy Hollisters when I was sick in bed in 2nd grade, my chest covered in Vicks, propped up on pillows. I lost her a year later. She fell into a coma 3 days before my 9th birthday. I was given $10 for my birthday and bought a blue stuffed elephant and a grey mouse. These elephants remind me of her. What wonderful memories💕 Babar was originally French. My mother was a French and German teacher and had grown up as a little girl in Paris. Like an elephant never forgetting, I will never forget her or those childhood memories, thank you for that.

  55. We used to go to the San Diego Zoo to see the elephants when I was a child. Dumbo was my favorite bedtime story. I have loved elephants ever since. If I had your book I would first sent it down to my oldest daughter in San Diego who has children, one just learning to read. She takes me on FaceTime under the covers of her bed and we read to each other. And then they would send it back to me (in Washington State and I would send it to my other daughter. She lives in the Netherlands. I know! I know! Her Christmas present this last year was your Bed Book. When I first saw your mock up of that amazing page from Amsterdam, I knew I was going to splurge for the postage to get it to her. It was sooo worth it. She loves that book.And it also was signed. Salley, you work and the passion put into it, is loved the world over. Thank you. I wish I could say it better. Aloha, Salley.

  56. Oh, I think my favorite would have to be ’The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton! The idea that tiny little people may be living in the nooks and crannies of my parents/grandparents’ home always made me wonder!

  57. My favorite childhood book was Dr. Goat by Georgiana, published in 1950. I can still recite it today, 70 years later!

  58. I have always admired your ability to bring all of your miniatures to life. The detail you create is amazing. My favorite childhood book was the Child Craft volumes filled with beautifully illustrated poems and stores from all over the world.

  59. A long time ago but I remember a special gift from my grandfather – the whole collection of The Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney – and a wonderful summer in a hammock.

  60. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
    Over thirty years later I can still recite the entire book from memory 🥰

  61. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without” could easily have been the theme song of my childhood. At the age of seven I identified heart and soul with the poor, but always hopeful shoemaker in the Tell-a-Tales book “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by the Whitman Publishing Company. I poured over the pages of that tiny book and dreamed of the day elves would ride a moonbeam to my house and magically help our family. As it turned out, a miracle did occur many years later when I received a college scholarship that enabled me to become an elementary school teacher. Some dreams really DO come true!

  62. “Charlotte’s Web” was my favorite childhood book and I have since read it to my grandchildren. I have my original, well-worn copy. Thank you for this generous opportunity and for sharing your history.

  63. Pantaloon the Poodle and bakery; the illustrations( from my memory) evoke emotions much like I have with your books. I wish to be able to share your special and individual animals with (maybe)l great grand children ! ! thanks !!

  64. It was 1957 and I fell in love with The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright. I loved the story and wanted the doll so badly. But alas the dolls did not become available til much later. My first grand child was born this year across the country in Portland, OR. I will be finally be meeting her on her birthday June 11!

  65. “National Velvet” was my favorite book as a preteenage girl. (The movie made from it with Elizabeth Taylor was a good movie but failed completely to tell the story in the book.) I think audiences are now ready to view the real thing. Hopefully there will be a remake of this wonderful story of an adventurous, brave girl.

  66. An especially loved book for me was The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet written by Eleanor Cameron. It is the story of two young boys who helped save a small planet and it’s people. It was the first book that I just couldn’t wait to finish.

  67. My favorite children’s book was Magic Elizabeth. Regretfully, I don’t remember the author. The book was about a lonely child (kind of like Francis Hodgson Burnett’s Sara Crewe – A Little Princess) who finds an old doll the attic and they become best friends. It wasn’t scary but very delightful!

  68. There are so many that have left their mark but today I’ll say The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real. Thank you for your marvelous work and your fabulous offer.

  69. I have followed and loved your creations from the beginning * now at age 81, I am still enjoying life and continue to follow your posts. You are a wonderful inspiration and I am thankful to have the opportunity to follow your continuing saga and your generosity showing and teaching us that we too can enter your inspirational and beautiful world. I send you good energy and cyberspace hugs. Mia Ibanez Dillsboro Indiana

  70. I can not remember the title but I wore it out it was about a little girl who wanted a pet. The second one was a paperback with bible story’s and the art was paintings by artist like de Vinci or Others from that era

  71. Reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler took me on an adventure to a museum in New York City that is still one of my favorite trips. Books are magic.

  72. I still have my set of Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories with my name embossed in gold on the covers. So many good stories between the covers.

  73. I was a Tasha Tudor fan when I spent hours in the children’s room at the library. Colorful illustration has always captured my attention.

  74. “No Children No Pets” was a used library book we owned. It mentioned frying an egg on the sidewalk which I always wanted to try.

  75. Toby the Chipmunk lived in a hollow tree with his sister and grandmother. All the woodland animals helped Toby and one another. I loved the color burnt sienna so no coincidence that the color of the book was also an attraction. I found a copy several years ago and enjoyed reading it again.

  76. My favorite was the already old copy of Mother Goose Rhymes with wonderful black and white illustrations on yellowing pages. I still look at this book often and it’s surprising how much it has influenced my art work.

  77. My favorite children’s book (one that I read to my son) was “Do Not Open.” It’s about an elderly lady who lives in a little house on a beach with her cat, Her house is filled with objects she found and refurbished that had washed up on the shore. One of the things she finds provides the exciting adventure that follows.

  78. I’ve loved your work forever! A favorite children’s book has always been, Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies. A very worthy read.

  79. Hi Sally! I love your work, you are a true inspiration!
    I would like to tell you that my favorite childhood book was “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson. I didn’t have my own copy, but I looked for it every time I visited our school library! I also loved Beatrix Potter’s “Tale of Squirrel Nutkin”. I can’t quite figure out why that way my favorite, but it was!

  80. Sally I just adore your books and watching your videos. I have purchased several for my young grandchildren but am waiting until they are a bit older to give them to them because they are such treasures. I had several favorite books as a child but a few that come to mind are “Stuart Little”, the “Boxcar Children” series, “The Little Doll Learns a Lesson”, etc. Thank you.

  81. The Empty Pot by Demi has been one of my favorite children’s books since I can remember. Every page is a piece of art and the story and moral are so well written. I love reading it to my boys now.

  82. Thank you for this opportunity and for sharing all your beautiful work. There are so many wonderful books out in the world but one of my favorites that I read to my children was “The Lion and the Little Red Bird”

  83. We grew up checking out stacks of books at the library. I read every Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames book. Then I graduated to Stephen King in Jr. High. I have every one of your books but this one, I think. Crossing my fingers for this one that I would cherish and read to my grandkids like I have the others.

  84. The books that I read over and over were the Liittle House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Thank you for this giveaway. It would be wonderful to see your first book. I have your latest and love the. artwork!!

  85. A favorite storybook of ours when we were little (late ‘50s – early ‘60s) also included an elephant ~ Babar. 😊

  86. I love your work! I work with children in a therapeutic program for families experiencing trauma. I love using books to connect with the children. My favorite book of all time is The Paperbag Princess.

  87. Thank you for offering such a precious gift on this special anniversary! I actually do not remember a book from my childhood, yikes. I do remember I spent a lot of time with, what my parents called, my imaginary friend. His name was Hawkey Wheeler. As an adult I’ve come to think of him as a Wee Folk! When I saw your fb page I spent so much time looking at each creation! How magnificent your art is to just even look at – I can only imagine touching the real thing! One Day! So, a dear friend decided to share HER favorite children’s book with me, as an adult! Good Night Moon! And she read it to me just as she read it each night as a child! I am grateful to be experiencing these magical child moments NOW! I would cherish The Way Home! And thank you for offering us this chance to be a part of your Wee Folk Studio community!

  88. “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today” by Dr Seuss still makes me chuckle when I read it to my daughter. Also loved the Nancy Drew books.

  89. “The Secret Garden,” byFrances Hodgson Burnett is my favorite. Long before the days of audio books, my mother would recline the front passenger seat of our rambler station wagon and read to me and my two sisters as my father would drive on those long family vacation trips. Your miniature creations remind me of the magical flowers inside the garden walls.

  90. I remember reading this book (from the library) to my children years ago. From my own childhood, I remember Harold and the purple crayon, and later on, books by Edward Eager, CS Lewis, and Madeline L’Engle. I’ve got two if your other books ready to give to my granddaughter, who loves books!

  91. My favorite book was Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky. I love all of his books, but I especially loved this early book about Sal with all of its blue and white illustrations. And I loved the sounds of the storytelling: “ker-plink, ker-plank, ker-plunk.”

  92. My favorite book was “The Iron Peacock” by Mary Stetson Clarke about the Saugus Iron Works. My mom read it to me many times because we lived is Saugus MA.

  93. I was a lucky child. A mid century model, as I am now called, growing up not just with many books but parents who read them aloud to me. I was told once my father was reading to me and the dinner guests stopped talking to listen as he read. There are far too many to have just one from my childhood. I doubt I could put a finger on the favorite from my children’s stack of books.
    More than the words it is illustrations, the bed book is the most amazing one for me knowing the skill level of each technique, I can look at tiny details until my eyes close involuntarily. It was Wee Folk book in craft store that started my journey. My doll house growing up was my favorite escape. So Wee Folk began my love of all things Salley.

  94. A favorite book from my childhood was the “D” book from the World Book Encyclopedia; I loved reading facts about dogs and looking at the illustrations of different breeds. When I started as a Children’s Librarian in 1993, I discovered the amazing illustrations in The Way Home and have been a Salley Mavor fan ever since.

  95. This book looks amazing and it would be wonderful if I won this for my little ones to enjoy! Growing up my favorite books were Alice in Wonderland & Matilda.

  96. One of my favorite books as a child was “The Funny Thing” by Wanda Gag. Even though it was written in the ’30s and I was born in the 50’s. Actually, Salley, we are almost the same age. I was first drawn to your Personal History spiral, and now I am a big fan of all your work.
    Would love to own a classic Salley Mavor book!

  97. I always had my nose stuck in a book during my childhood and had many favorites, but the Wizard of Oz series may be uppermost in my heart. I am currently collecting the series in order, with the original illustrations, for my granddaughter.

  98. So many lovely books in my life, but the ones I give extra credit to are the A.A. Milne stories and poems because my older sister read them to my younger sister and me long ago.
    Today is my younger sister’s birthday and she has a thing for elephants so I had to comment and perhaps win her a present!

  99. My favorite childhood book was James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl, I also really loved Professor Brainstorm by Norman Hunter.

  100. As a child growing up I really enjoyed the author Beverly Cleary! My first introduction to her was a favorite of mine, “ Henry Huggins”. My teacher brought many of her books to life reading aloud Henry’s adventures! Now, as a teacher myself, I so enjoy introducing Children’s Literature to my students!

  101. I still love children’s books ❤ My childhood favorites were a Little Golden Book version of Little Red Riding Hood, mainly for the illustrations, all of the Mary Poppins books, and The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree series by Louis Slobodkin.

    My granddaughter and I love your books for both the stories AND the needlework!

  102. My favorite book was “The Magic Key” about two children who find a key in their garden, insert it in a key hole on a mushroom & enter the world of fairies. I also enjoyed Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames & Vicki Barr.

    I love reading about all the wonderful children’s books that everyone enjoyed.

  103. I was the fifth of six siblings and the books I remember are the set of Childcraft books. The oversized book of dinosaur dioramas was particularly well worn along with the volume of nursery rhymes. I discovered the bigger world of children’s books by reading to my sons. One particular gem is Catch Me, Kiss Me, And Say It Again by Clyde and Wendy Watson. I still love it and have shared it with my grands and many new mothers of the next generation.

  104. I have just discovered you this week via a sponsored Instagram post. I left the next day for the exhibit in Greenville and was mesmerized by your work. Fantastic. My parents told Bible stories to us at night as children but when I was old enough to check books out from the library I remember that Corduroy was one that I checked out often.

  105. I have so many favorite books but 2 that inspired the creating of dolls (nothing like the wee folk you make!) were: “Hitty, Her First Hundred Years” (my father carved one for me) and “Miss Happiness and Miss Flower” (I made dolls with thread spools for heads).

  106. I look forward to your daily posts as your work is uniquely inspirational. I was delighted to receive your book ‘My Bed’ and share it with my grandson. As a child I loved a tiny little book by Joan Walsh Anglund called ‘A Friend is Someone who Likes you’. I was also (and still am) enchanted by a book from 1915 called ‘Lorraine and the Little People ‘ by Elizabeth Gordon with stunning illustrations by Penny Ross. I am hoping one day to see your work in person. Thank you Sally.

  107. My favorite children’s book also contained an elephant,The Saggy Baggy Elephant. My mom read it to me when I was a toddler in the early 80’s and she said that I often cried at the end because Suki the elephant had finally found friends. We moved a lot when I was young so I could relate to the joy of finally having friends. ♡♡♡

  108. Being one of seven children, most of our childhood books were Little Golden Books that my dad would pick up each week at the grocery store for $.25! Some favorites were the Eloise Wilkin books, but my most favorite was “The Pokey Little Puppy.” I love your work and have three of your books and would LOVE to add to my collection.

  109. Hi Salley,
    It’s so fun to read everyone’s picks for their favorite. I have always adored Margaret Wise Brown’s “Mister Dog: The Dog Who Belonged to Himself”. Garth Williams’ illustrations delight me still.
    Congratulations on the anniversary of your first endeavor! ❤

  110. No contest here…my favorite book was, and is, The Secret Garden. I had secret gardens all over my grandparents suburban but not developed neighborhood woods when I was young and reading the book was a just reward. I still re-read it occasionally!

    Thank you for your books, which my grandchildren love.

  111. Hi Salley,

    One of my favorite childhood books was Harry the Dirty Dog. I love seeing your posts. My husband and I are in Kennebunk and we saw some of your work at the Brickstore Museum a couple years back (The Art of Cute). What a neat collection of work.

    My best to the whole family!

    • Great Freya! You may like to know that I’m having a show at the brick Store Museum next summer:
      WHAT A RELIEF: The Art of Salley Mavor
      May 3 – Sept. 11, 2022
      Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME
      The retrospective exhibition will feature a large selection of Salley Mavor’s artwork, spanning over 40 years, from early on to the present day. Rarely seen works on loan from private collections will fill multiple galleries on the museum’s entire first floor. Original picture book illustrations, including the entire series from her most recent book, MY BED will also be shown.

  112. I’ve loved books as far back as I can remember. There were so many, but LM Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is definitely a favorite!

  113. Hi Salley!

    Three-dimensional/photo illustration books have always been my favorite! I liked “I Spy” for all the little details and how each layout looked like a tiny world. I liked stories with a narrative even more. I had a series called Wrinkle Puppy that had photo illustrations of a little stuffed dog, and I was so enamored by the photos of his little world. It’s been challenging to find children’s books with these types of illustrations, and I’m trying to build a collection for my child and instill a love of three-dimensional illustrations in them as well. Thank you so much for keeping this medium alive and taking the time to make such beautiful art to share with the world!

  114. My favorite growing up was The country bunny and the golden shoes. Would SO love to add your book to my collection! I love tire work!

  115. So many favorite childhood books, but I remember my mother reading “Too Much Noise” (1960’s adaptation of a folk tale) with conviction along with “Yertle the Turtle” by Dr. Suess.

  116. Hi Sally! I have enjoyed your work and your children’s books for years, but have never seen copy of The Way Home. My favorite book growing up was The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. the edition I have has illustrations using puppets/dolls and the cover has a plastic 3D hologram picture which fascinates every child who sees it. It was published by Golden Press in the 1960s. Heres a link to some images:

  117. One of my favorite childhood books was a version of The Emperor’s New Clothes that was dimensional. The illustrations were photographs that looked 3D and the scenes were created in fabrics, trims and baubles. The characters were intricately stitched dolls and that book grabbed my attention. I used to get lost in looking at every little detail, much like I do when looking at your work.

  118. My favorite book when I was little was Pokey Little Puppy. I lived in a tiny little town. We had a bookmobile that would come to town. I’d always walk into town and check out biographies of famous people.
    I love your work. I’m in awe at the process and your imagination.

  119. How does one choose ONE favorite childhood book??? My mother was good at reading to us daily. Right now, the book that stands out is Millons of Cats by Wanda Gag

  120. I grew up with a schoolteacher mom and a librarian father so there was never a shortage of amazing books in our home. I think my favorite book was Caddie Woodlawn. I would dream for hours that I was Caddie, living on the prairie and helping on the farm.

  121. I had so many favorite books as a kid, but the one that stands out is Little House in the Big Woods. I can imagine how you might have illustrated that series!

  122. A very dear childhood book was Just Around the Corner, with poetry for all seasons, by Leland B. Jacobs, illustrated quite cleverly by John E. Johnson. My daughter also loved it, and I still have it, ready to pass back to her if she has a child. Favorite poem, “Just About”:
    I’m just about ready to turn to a gnome.
    I’m tired of staying so close to Home.
    I’m just about ready to turn to an elf.
    I’m quite tired of being only myself.
    I’m just about ready to turn to a sprite,
    But I’ll be myself, home again, long before night.

  123. I had a large book of fairy tales etc that I read many times! Full of princesses ogres wolfs sailors genies and more. It was illustrated with great pictures that kept my imagination reeling and wanting more! I wish I still had that book got my grandchildren.

  124. I love your work! I bought your latest book My Bed for my children and we all love it. When I was little, my favorite book set was The World’s Best Fairy Tales by Reader’s Digest. Each story only had one illustration, but my sister and I used to read them to each other all the time. I would try to copy the illustrations, and they inspired me to become a professional artist.

  125. Alice in Wonderland. Now that I think back on it, I loved looking at all the wonderful and listening to my mother reading. It was one of my first books that sent my my imagination running wild. Thank you for refreshing that wonderful memory 💗

  126. My first favorite children books were Madeline, Babar,& Curious George. My parents didn’t buy books, but we went to the library every week,& kids could check out 6 books. I took these out in rotation, over & over,& over. As an adult I started collecting children’s books long before I had children of my own. I now own all of these, and have given as baby gifts too

  127. I really loved Chicken Soup with Rice as a child. Now I love reading to my three year old (who absolutely loves the enchanting worlds of Salley Mavor!

  128. A favorite from my childhood is Bread and Jam for Frances.❤️ I am very intrigued to learn about The Way Home and will definitely check out your posts!🙂

  129. My favorite book(s)was the “Little House” series. From second grade on I read and re-read them all. I bought myself the boxed set as an adult and still re-read them!

  130. Serendipity played a part in my finding your work. I study it most days and hope my planning on creating some birds/ animals of my own is a sign of great flattery.Thank you for the inspiration. Still have copy of the first book checked out of the library at age 5…Betsy and Tacy Go Up the Hill.

  131. My favorite book when I was a child was The Lonely Doll written and photographed by Virginia Dare. It tells the story of a little girl doll who is befriended by a teddy bear. The two of them have a great time together. It is lovingly photographed in black and white posing a real doll and teddy bear.

  132. Hard to pick just one, but “The Tall Book of Mother Goose” with illustrations by Feodor Rojanovsky is still my favorite Mother Goose edition. Easy for a child to hold and has wonderful rosy-cheeked children. Then there’s Burton’s “The Little House” and the “My Book House” set my parents had.

  133. My favorite childhood book was The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. I always looked forward to retrieving it from the box of Christmas decorations each year. I still have the book. It was published in 1951, my birth year, and I treasure it.

    I love your art and the books you’ve illustrated.

  134. Such a lovely story, beautiful artwork and photos, and a generous gift to whoever is selected. I’ve been collecting books with Salley’s work in them and have been trying my hand at making wee people. I love the magic of the craft. One of my favorite childhood stories, is “Horton Hatches the Egg” by Dr. Seuss. Funny how a story can be so impressionalble that sayings stick in your head many decades later. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”

  135. I would love to win your book for my 2 year-old. He is obsessed with reading! My favorite books from childhood are the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I grew up only 1.5 hours from her house near Walnut Grove, MN. I adore your illustrations!

  136. Hi Sally!
    What a wonderful opportunity.
    As a child, my parents never read me books, so I didn’t grow up with a favorite. As I learned how to read, I read anything I could get my hands on. Even competing in the MS Read-a-thons. Once winning a dinner with Ozzie Smith for reading the most books in my area! Anyway, I made sure as a Mom, to read to my kids; and one of their favorite books was “Fire Cat”. Now, my oldest (15yo) reads anything he can get his hands on and my youngest (12yo) reads some – he’s a bit pickier and has a hard time finding something interesting.
    My husband’s favorite book was “Little Red Hen”.

    Anyway, thank you for this opportunity and for sharing your memories and having us share ours!

    ❤ Adrienne

  137. I love your creative productions. I’ve always loved Make Way for Ducklings. It reminds me of visits to Boston every year to ride on the swan boats.

  138. Wow! Your page came up in my facebook feed and I am so impressed! I love to sew and read and I especially enjoy creative souls. I love Charlotte’s Web to this day and Pippi Longstocking makes me laugh.

  139. So hard to choose a favorite book, but I guess one of my favorites as child was “Pollyanna” written by Eleanor H. Porter. I was thrilled when Disney made it into a movie.

  140. Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi (not Disney version. The book belonged to my mother which she read to us when we couldn’t read. After mastering reading, it became my favourite book, I remember summers spent underneath huge pine trees engrossed in my story of Pinocchio’s great adventures/escapades. I now read it to my 3 year old grandson.

    I live in Canada and I know I don’t qualify, but can I qualify if its sent to my family in Long Island? Keeping my fingers crossed😂😂

  141. Congratulations on a long, successful career as an artist. That’s a challenging job and you’ve mastered it, as well as motherhood and a happy marriage. A wonderful balance. As for a favorite book, yikes, so long ago. I am tempted to mention the Eloise books because I saw one of Hilary Knight’s illustrations the other day. He is a masterful illustrator who brought Eloise to life with wit and puckish charm. He has a blazing ability to capture people and places with precision and the right balance of fantasy and reality. He also makes great use of the page, seemingly breaking all the rules of layout; so appropriate for Eloise’s character. Much to look at for a young reader. But then I thought fondly of Tasha Tudor, who definitely was a favorite. At the other end of the spectrum from Eloise, her children and animals were soft and gentle and quaint. Well, Corgiville Fair was a bit wild, in a fun way. But overall I loved her style. I spent many a happy hour going through a counting book I had by her, well past the age of learning to count. I have believed all my life that children really do appreciate good illustration, and deserve to be afforded the opportunity to enjoy top quality art. Thanks for being one of those important people in our lives and pouring so much love and care into your art.

  142. Anne of green gables is a favorite childhood book. congratulations and thank you for the chance to win your wonderful work!

  143. “Fog Magic” by Julia Sauer is my all-time favorite book. It won a Newberry Honor Award in 1944. I discovered it back in 3rd grade and still occasionally re-read it, 50+ years later.

  144. So many- but Charlotte’s Web and Beautiful Joe stand out the most! Loved Nancy Drew,Trixie Beldon, Happy Hollisters series also! Your books are added to my collection- thank you for the chance to get this one as well!

  145. I loved the Little Golden Book “Nurse Nancy” and also the series about the nurse Cherry Ames.
    Guess who became a nurse and enjoyed a long career in the medical field? I am retired and a “maker”, quilter and grandmother of 5 now
    I love your work!

  146. I loved the books by Bernard Waber about Lyle the Crocodile, especially the first one The House on 88th Street. This is an amazing give away and I’m enjoying everyone’s comments. Thank you, Salley.

  147. I fell in love with reading very early. I don’t remember ever “Not reading!” My favorite book when I was 4 or 5 was “Harold and The Purple Crayon.” I was fascinated with the travel Harold took through his art, and even though I knew it was a story, I felt as If I was going with him. I still have dreams of traveling through art. When I saw your work (I just recently found you) I was enchanted and had to have Wee folks new adventures. Your work and the photography is so beautiful. I am a hand stitcher and appreciate devoted hand stitchers. You have made worlds come alive with your art! Thank you! 50 or 60 years from now, people will tell about finding your book as a child and how it impacted their world, and their love for reading, storytelling, fiber, texture, stitching and art!

  148. My mom read The Squirrel Twins, by Helen Wing, so often I knew it from memory. Many years later, I painted one of the illustrations on the nursery wall for my daughter, along with images from Winnie the Pooh and Curious George. She would talk about herself looking out the window of a house in one of the illustrations—wonderful to be so immersed in the story!

  149. I love your artwork! I love childrenʻs books with beautiful illustrations because I think itʻs crucial to train their eyes for beauty from a young age. Jerry Pinkneyʻs Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a favorite.

  150. I love your work and have your Beds book. You are so talented and I would love an autographed copy of this book.

  151. How lovely! This is reminding me of Babar, and his lovely wife Celeste, who were in some of my favorite childhood stories. But mostly I love your books, and would love to add this one to my collection!!

  152. Your embroidered illustrations for this sweet book are simply amazing! I have been following your magnificent work for some time now. And it gets better and better with each year. It’s a joy looking at all of the detail you put into each piece. Thank you for sharing it for all to see.

  153. My favorite childhood book was “Cowboy Small” my mom told me that I was too little to read, but I had the whole thing memorized! My aunt from Oklahoma had bought it for me. I still have that copy and have read it to all 4 of my boys. It is a treasure to me.

  154. I have incredibly fond memories of my mother reading me “Brave Irene”, which was my favorite book when I was small. The pictures and details of that book are still so inspiring for my own dolls.

  155. I have so many fond memories of being read to as a child and I can think of many books I loved, it’s hard to pick just one! A treasured book, that I still own and can now share with my children is Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?

  156. So many favorites, but Ambrose Kangaroo, A Story That Never Ends, by Elizabeth Macintyre (1942) grabbed my attention when I was first learning to read. It is a story about an adventurous Joey who jumps out from his mother’s pouch and wants to play with Albert the Platypus, and other Australian animals. He found he was not very welcomed by them except for the sheep. There is a lesson, but the young reader might not catch it on the first turning of the pages.

  157. My favorite book from so long ago was “The Little Engine that Could”;
    in so many ways your blog and illustrations
    of your working methods are so encouraging to me, as well as all of your many other readers!
    Thank you!

  158. I loved Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and asked it to be read to me over and over. I also learned to read by reading Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes!

  159. So many but…..The Little House was my favorite!! I have bought many copies as presents and bought myself a new copy a few years ago. I love your work Sally!

  160. With so many books to fondly recall, it’s impossible to pick a favorite! Many of my favorites have already been named in the comments, but I’ll add “Mike Mulligan and his Steam shovel”, “Make Way for Ducklings”, “The Story of Ping”, “Caps for Sale”, and a piano music book I had with illustrations by Mary Blair. I still remember when I first saw a book by Salley (Mary had a Little Lamb). I was astounded, in awe, and inspired by the creativity and capability. I enjoy seeing your postings of how you create. Thank you!

  161. I remember a little story book about Timmy the mouse. If I remember correctly, they lived in a discarded China teapot. One day his mother left to run errands, leaving him to care for his infant sister. When his mother didn’t return as expected, Timmy continued to care for her tenderly and sought help and advice from neighboring animals. I was so drawn in by the pictures and story line, and his loving care of his sister. I remember he fed her a strawberry.
    The book was in the home of my grandmother, who patiently read it as many times as I wanted to hear it. I’m sure this adds to the warmth of the memory.

  162. My first book that was truly mine and not shared with my sister was – “Memoirs of a London Doll”. It was a book to be cherished and read multiple times. It is still on my shelf, and will always be.

  163. My favourite childhood books were just about every book I read. I was obsessed with Mrs. Piggle Wiggle! All my children grew up with books, still are great readers and now my two grandsons read a lot! I was fortunate enough to read all the Wizard of Oz books in the series as one of our neighbors had them
    And loaned them to me one at a time. I bought copies for my children when they were young and for my grandsons. I love books to this day and my Home reflects that.

  164. Just quickly scrolling through the other posters’ favorite books made me say, “oh, me too!” about so many books! But my first thought was that at age two or so I memorized and loved to quote lines from Curious George Goes to the Hospital. “Luckily, George landed on a soft cushion”–after he flew off the phonograph he’d hopped onto for a literal spin!
    My daughter and I have enjoyed making fairies from your Wee Folk book, and I love your blog for getting a peek into your work and studio. Right now a poster of Birds of Beebe Woods is hanging in my PK-8 art classroom in Cambridge, MA.

  165. The Cricket in Times Square, or any other Garth Williams illustrated book. His illustrations were transportive to a world full of imagination.

  166. I love the background of your book! The cover is beautiful, the name of your company is so inviting! I would have to say my favorite book when I was young was Felix the Cat. I liked the story and the pictures. It had pictures of Felix in the corners so when you flipped the pages. It looked like Felix was running, jumping, waving, etc. I wish you 30 more years of great books for the wee people of the world! 😊

  167. So many books, so little time, even then! I learned to read by nearly “memorizing” Downy Duck Grows Up”, and there were several others from that group, I can’t recall their names, but I know one was about little bears and another was a chipmunk story. As I grew older I absolutely adored all the Thornton Burgess books and when I was 11 or 12 he passed away and I was so sad. Somewhere in my scrapbooks I have a newspaper article about that that I kept! I still love those books and my youngest daughter does as well. Treasures passed on.

  168. Salley, your beautiful work returns me to my childhood. Your little people and animals are so lifelike and perfect. I wish you would visit us down under.

  169. I’m on the wrong side of the Atlantic, but can I enter on behalf of a friend in the US? That is, if I was to win, I’d nominate my friend as recipient, so it’d be domestic shipping?

    Anyway, in case that’s OK, it is hard to decide between the Teddy Robinson books and Deep Wood. I don’t remember reading Deep Wood – I think it was always read to me. Our copy was printed in tiny type on ever-so thin paper because it was typeset during WWII when paper was at a premium. It seemed ever so old and fragile! Teddy Robinson were ‘proper’ children’s books. There were pictures, though no colour: line drawings. Anyway, this probably renders my initial query moot (in the American sense of ‘moot’) because two likely isn’t a valid entry!

  170. I don’t know the title for one of my favorite books but it had a sweet story about a little girl who shared a just picked strawberry with a little boy. In addition to your books for my second childhood, I liked the book Blueberries for Sal.

  171. My favorite children’s book is “The Way Home”. Back in the early 90’s I left my art teacher job and had a family daycare for a few years, so I could be a stay at home mom. I eventually had my own 3 kids plus 5 others.
    I took this brood to the library story hour every week and one day the librarian read “the Way Home” and I fell in love with it. The story is absolutely lovely! But, being an artist, what captured my attention were the incredible illustrations!
    I kept checking that book out over and over again. I eventually bought a copy of it but years later gave it to a dear friend as a shower gift.
    I just became a grandmother to baby girl Francine. Her mother, my daughter, is an artist too. Coming full circle, it would be so magical to share “The Way Home” with Francine. I hope to win a copy!

  172. Your talent is SO amazing!! I would ❤️❤️ Love ❤️ to be picked to receive this book for my Grandchildren!! Thank you for sharing your love of stitching with all of us. As a stitcher myself, you are an inspiration!!

  173. My favorite books were anything with Winnie the Pooh. Even now, when I go to Disney World, I search for Pooh – and I am almost 60!

  174. I’d love to have this book for my granddaughter. My favorite book for many years was the Illustrated Treasury of Children’s Literature.

  175. One of my favorite childhood books is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I loved the illustrations and the imagination involved! Thanks for this opportunity to win your book!

  176. I went to a yard last weekend and saw a copy of Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain. I had an immediate flash back of sitting on my mom’s lap…I was about four years old and she was reading that book to me. I’m a child care provider and nursery school teacher. Reading books to young children is my most favorite activity to do with the children. I definitely bought that little Bears book to share with my kids. We recently discovered your My Bed book at our local library…It’s so very beautiful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with the world. I’d love the opportunity to add your The Way Home to our collection.

  177. My favorite book from childhood was the collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. No illustrations but wild stories, probably inappropriate for a child, but did not result in nightmares. My favorite books to read with my child were all the books by Jan Brett.

  178. Any of Eleanor Estes’ books. I occasionally pick them up today to remind myself of me as a kid. When I became a librarian (working with kids), I found new appreciation for the Little Bear series—consistently well done and charming throughout.

  179. My all time favorite go to book was A Day in Fairyland by Sigrid Rahmas a giant picture storybook of elves and fairies. I can still see the elf with a wheel barrel full of blue berries and the faeries attending the queen fairy by a pool of water. I can’t recall the exact size of the book, may 20″ by 14″ with a full page illustration on the facing page of the text which also had floral illustrations on it. It was a 4th year birthday gift from my grandmother – so many treasured memories of being read to and later when I could read on my own – I’d lay on the floor with it spread out before me to disappear into each and every page. So happy my own children had the same experiences and so to for my granddaughters who now possess it. I know you asked for “a” favorite but I’d be remiss by not mentioning the Better Homes and Gardens Story Book. This was jam packed with so many classics, short and long stories and poems all with marvelous illustrations.

  180. My favorite children’s book is actually a set that my sister gifted me when I was about 6 years old; I still have them to this day and I just turned 70. They are: Winnie-The-Pooh, When We were Very Young, Now we are six, and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. The books are well loved. The corners are foxed, the dust covers are torn and faded, but still intact. I still love these books, even 60+ years later.

  181. Oh, I had to send a second note because this book also has a lot of memories. L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz Books wrote one titled The Sea Fairies. As a very young person, my mother read this book to me while I was in bed for two weeks in a dark room with the measles. My mother was still alive when I retired so I borrowed it from her and read it again myself. It’s a very sweet story and the illustrations are by John Neill. When my mother passed away, the family copy when to my brother. I searched used books stores and antique shows and finally obtained my own copy which was obviously well loved by another family, but still intact.

  182. My favorite childhood book was ‘ Wind in the Willows’. I would walk down to the Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village to get it out over and over again. Then I would come home to my fort in the woods to read it. Magical

  183. I had many “favorite” books as a child. The two that come to mind are “Ferdinand the Bull,” and “Wee Gillis,” largely for the same reason: the artwork was, and is, amazing and beautiful, black and white pen and ink, and I loved to look at the pictures. There was another, too, that I don’t remember the title of. It was a picture book about the Pilgrims and their journey to the New World. Again, because of the wonderful pen and ink artwork.

  184. I love your work! Your are such an inspiration. My favorite book from childhood was Rascal by Sterling North. I used to read it to my 7th graders for our after lunch read-to-me time. It always broke my heart how many of my students had not been read to by their mums and dads.

  185. Big Ball of String by Marion Holland is my favorite book from my childhood. The boy searched for and makes a ball of assorted string that he finds around the house and neighborhood. Mother chases him from her knitting basket, Father admonishes him for eyeing his fishing line. Eventually his ball grows very large. He developes a cold in his head and is sent to bed! He uses pieces of his sting to tether all of his toys, curtain, doorknob, etc. to so he can “stay in bed”!
    The illustrations are beautifully drawn and minimally colored.
    I still have the book in my collection.

  186. My favorite book as a child was “Katie the kitten” (a small tiger cat, asleep in the hall in a ball in a hat). It was a Golden Book by Kathryn and Byron Jackson, and is cherished to this day. I read it to my grand children now. Your books reached the hands of many children through my children’s bookstore, The Secret Staircase. Thank you for your wonderful contributions to children’s reading and to the art world. You have inspired me to take up hand stitching which is calming in an upside down world.

  187. A most favorite book from my childhood, and also loved by my own three children, and now my grandchildren is William Pene du Bois’s “Bear Party”. It has wonderful illustrations and a story small children want to hear about how bears/people can become angry for no good reason and how it might be resolved, along with a wonderful repeated line, “He thought this situation was Terrible”.

  188. There were a lot of books that I adored and I’m lucky enough to still have several of them that I read to my child for years as well! Two I must mention, as the memories of the poems and oh, the illustrations, will hopefully stay in my heart and mind forever. They are both books with a collection of sharings: “The Bumper Book” edited by Watty Piper, and “Poems to Read to the Very Young” that was illustrated by Dagmar Wilson. Thank you Sally for carrying on the tradition of wonderful collections of stories and art combined for both the young and the not-as-young!

  189. The Way Home looks like a beautiful book! There were so many books I loved as a child, and one that I particularly enjoyed was No Flying in the House, by Betty Brock.
    I have a copy of My Bed and cherish it!

  190. I love your work and having one of your books would be great. My favorite books growing up were the Black Stallion books. I was slightly horse crazy and eventually outlasted my parents and had my own horse.

  191. My favorite is “While Susie Sleeps,” written by Nina Schneider and illustrated by Dagmar Wilson.

  192. Picking just one book from childhood is difficult. It is like asking me to pick my favorite child. But after careful consideration I think The World of Pooh has got to be it. Decades later tales of Pooh are applicable and comforting. Salley, I love your books which are my “go to” choices for baby showers.

  193. My favorite children’s book from my childhood was Beatrix Potter’s Tale of two Bad Mice. I loved the illustrations and the little toy foods they tried to eat.

  194. I can’t remember any specific titles from very young childhood (picture books), but I loved all the richly illustrated fairy tales the best. I think I read every single one that my small branch library ever got. A favorite chapter book was “The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew” by Margaret Sidney, which was a gift from my Mother.

  195. My favorite childhood book was Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I had my great uncle’s much loved and battered copy.

  196. My favorite childhood book was the first volume of the 14-volume set Child Craft, which was full of poems and rhymes.

  197. I loved the Little House on the Prairie series. The illustrations by Garth Williams captivated me–I remember reading then re-reading them.

  198. I remember enjoying a book of nursery rhymes as a child as well as Milne’s “When We Were Very Young”. Now, I’m sharing “Pocketful of Posies” with my daughter ❤ She loves the illustrations.

  199. I remember reading B is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood, which I found in my elementary school’s library. I was recently given a set of this series, and reading them now brought me right back to the first time I read them in the early 60s.

  200. The Secret Garden was my first long term check out from the school library. Where the Red Fern Grows was my 5th grade love even though the teacher took it to read to the class.

  201. I’ve always loved books that didn’t have conventional drawings. Susan and Spotty by Antonio Colacino and The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright were my favorites. Both are stories with photographs. They seemed more alive to me as a kid. I think that’s why I like Salley’s books. Her needlework brings everything to life and gives texture and movement to the pictures. When I read Salley’s books to my grandchildren I can tell they are fascinated by the same “alive “ feeling her artwork gives them.

  202. The Secret Garden. I was thrilled to meet Tasha Tudor, and she signed by book ! I was in fourth grade.

  203. I remember the magic of my teacher reading Charlotte’s Web to my class…her expressive voice was so descriptive and let our imagination be free!

  204. Dear Ms. Mavor, God Bless you for your extraordinary work, your generosity of spirit in sharing so many delicious photos of your process, and for creating your blog and post pages in multiple locations!! One of my favorite childhood works was « The Blacksmith of Vilno ». The image of a blacksmith with his great floor-length cape, helping a child underneath the cape to escape to freedom, was a powerful image that helped me to survive, emotionally, through a very tough and traumatizing upbringing. I, too, am an artist, and am endlessly inspired by your artistry and creativity. Thank you for your many intangible gifts of spirit and artistry! Blessings! Wendy Ripp-Bounan

  205. When I was young, my very favorite books were the Nancy Drew series. In the summer, I’d sit on my front porch and read ALL day, every day — I loved every one of them.
    Thank you so much for a chance in this great giveaway Salley!!🥰

  206. My all-time favorite book from my childhood is The Secret Garden. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had the opportunity to illustrate that? The first book of yours I saw was Mary Had a Little Lamb. I’ve been a fan ever since, and feel so fortunate to have seen the exhibit of your work at the Cahoon museum last fall.

  207. My fondest memory of receiving a book that was my very own (I am fifth of six children!) was a story book with 5 different Hans Christian Andersen stories. I remember wanting to read them all but paced myself to be able to enjoy and treasure each one. I still have this book! 50 some years later. It brings a smile to my face when I see it and I hope to read it and share it with my grandchildren.

  208. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. My daughter gifted The Treasury of Harold and the Purple Crayon!

  209. My favorite childhood book was “Looking-for-Something, the story of a stray burro of Ecuador” by Ann Nolan Clark, with simple and to me absolutely captivating illustrations by Leo Politi, . I was thrilled to find a copy on Ebay several years ago.

  210. My favorite book was The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. I would check it out from the library over and over again. I bought a copy for my children when they were little and also one to start my granddaughter’s own library of books. I also loved A is for Annabelle by Tasha Tudor and The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright. The Little House books were my favorite chapter series.

  211. My favorite book as a child was Oom Razoom Or Go I Know Not Where And Bring Back I Know Not What. It was a gift from my grandmother who worked at the Library of Congress and who also lived all over the world. The book is gorgeous and so was she.

  212. My favorite childhood book is What Bunny Loves By Cyndy Szekeres. I use to read it to my mom all the time when I was little, and would read it when she was in the shower, cleaning, cooking lol…

  213. A favorite childhood book was Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag! I’d love to to share The Way Home with my little granddaughter, who’s about to be one!

  214. My favorite book was our family’s handed-down copy of “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri. Thank you for sharing your talents with us daily…you’ve enriched my life greatly with your art and books. Thank you. Can’t wait till you exhibit makes it out west!

  215. Since there were so many of us, we all shared the Little Golden Books. We lived in the country so a library was not available to us until we started first grade. I would to have this book to read to my future grandchildren and pass down as an heirloom.

  216. What a lovely book! One of my favorite books as a child was an illustrated copy of the Edward Lear poem “The Owl and The Pussycat”. I loved the depictions of all their many adventures, and their unconventional romance.

  217. A fav book from childhood was ‘Heidi’. It called me to escape the crowded, busy life in the city in Southern California, to seek out the mountains and forests of Montana, where I raised my six daughters. Books make deep impressions on children’s minds and hearts. Your books helped nurture and inspire my children’s lives as artists, as they do for my grandchildren now.

  218. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina was one of my all time favorites when I was a wee one. It’s still one of my favorites to read to my grandkids. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book you illustrated! ❤️ 🐘

  219. One of my favorites as a kid was “Little Fur Family” – which I love reading to my toddler son now! Me and my brother also loved “Cloudy with a chance of meatballs,” which I will definitely get for my son when he’s a little older!

  220. Hi! I remember The Way Home very well as I am from Falmouth and was 4 when it came out. I would love to be able to share it with my two daughters now. Another favorite childhood book of mine was Blueberries for Sal. ❤️

  221. My favorite book was a Snow White chapter book my grandmother had bought for me because I was such an avid reader at such a young age.

  222. My most favorite book growing up was “The Secret Garden” – I received it from my grandma Christmas Eve and stayed up all night reading!

  223. Loved so many, King Bidgood in the Bathtub for its story and art. Met the authors at a local bookstore who came in costume and sang the story to us!
    Thank you for your generous gift of time with each piece.

  224. My favorite book from my childhood is Charlotte’s Web! I love animals and this book was always close to me.
    You are great inspiration to me, I have been following for a long time.
    I am not a resident of the US but I have a shipping address there. I hope i am eligible because I would love to have your book!

  225. I loved Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, because I was astonished to learn that I could cry for a spider, and that it’s so important to be both a good friend and a good writer. Charlotte taught me that heroes can be tiny and that words are powerful.❤️🕷

  226. I loved A Friend is Someone Who Likes You and other Joan Walsh Anglund books as well as The Boxcar Children.

  227. One of my favorite children’s books was, and still is, “Going to Sleep on the Farm” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. Growing up on a farm, I loved books about animals, and I still do.

  228. Thank you Salley for the lovely opportunity to win this awesome prize. My favorite book was “Where the Wild Things Are”by Maurice Sendak

  229. Dear Salley, I like all your illustrations and dolls. Your art is truly unique.
    I would love to get the chance to win one of 4 books, although I live in Germany. I would gladly pay for the delivery myself in case I win it. 🙂

    And to answer the question about my favorite childhood book, it is ‘Pippi Longstocking’ by Astrid Lindgren.

  230. Dear Salley,
    Two books that I took out over and over again from my local library as a child were Dollhouse Accessories: How To Design and Make Them by Margaret B. Duda and Within the Fairy Castle : Colleen Moore’s Doll House At The Museum of Science and Industry. Congratulations on celebrating 30 years of your first book!
    All the best,

  231. The first book I remember being deeply touched by was read by my elementary school teacher. She read a chapter each day to us. The book was Charlotte’s Web. I remember how real she made Charlotte and Wilbur seem to all of us. I learned to love reading aloud to children from listening to her. I have read to hundreds of children in elementary school and still love seeing their newfound love of books. Your books are amazing! I would love to share one of them with children!

  232. I have so many favorites, but will go with Pippi Longstocking, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and You Are Old Father Williams from the Childcraft Series. Love your books, they are amazing!

  233. My favorite book as a child was Miss Twigleys Tree.. now I live around the corner from where the author of the book Doretha Warren Fox Lived and the tree in the book used to stand.

  234. As a new, young and frightened mother, I read Runaway Bunny to my beloved daughter. As we read it over and over and over, it became imprinted on our hearts forever. This book taught me to be a mother much better than Dr. Spock ever could have. Thank you Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd for teaching me to run as a mother.

  235. Favorite books from my childhood are many, but what immediately comes to mind is the Cinderella adaptation illustrated by Hilary Knight. I absorbed the beauty of those images for hours and hours!

  236. The only book I can recall (growing up in the 50’s) is The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright. I love the illustrations today as much as I did then.

  237. My earliest children’s books were German, and the two that are strongest in my memory are1) A book with handpainted scenes: a meadow. a pond, and several other outdoor scenes with little elves, bugs, fairies, butterflies, etc. that could be placed in the scenes via slits cut into the picture. I played with it for hours. The title was perhaps Das Zwergenfahrt…? I’m sure I still have it somewhere…
    2) A book of children’s poetry, the most memorable part of which was 4 different illustrations of a farm village in the Spring. in the Summer, in the Fall, and in the Winter. I would flip back and forth between these pages, studying the differences. I also still have this book in storage somewhere and would be happy to find the titles of both if you are interested. I can imagine you doing something similar! Gudrun Mauter

  238. So many well loved children’s book and I still have them, revisit them, and treasure them. Babar was a favorite. I loved Babar and Celeste. They were real for me! I first found you on Instagram. Your website is amazing and you are so generous to share the mechanics of your work in your wonderful photos and explanations. These posts by you are a treasure.

  239. Congratulations on your sewing journey anniversary. What a remarkable achievement. I still have my favorite childhood book “a child’s garden of verses” by Robert Lewis Stevenson. Stitchery by Virginia Tiffany. Since the printing of the book, the poems and illustrations provided creative play.

  240. Unfortunately, my family didn’t encourage early reading, and so I don’t have any early favorite books, but I’ve made up for it by encouraging my own children to read early and by going to the library and reading with my grandson! Here are some favorites:
    Louise: the adventures of a chicken
    The Snow Rabbit
    Izzy Gizmo
    Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau
    The Chronicles of Narnia

  241. The Way Home was one of my favorite childhood books along with the Hobbit and ninja turtle comics of course.

  242. My mother read Bambi to me when I was a child growing up in North Dakota in the 1950s. I loved how the animals in the story had feelings and emotions. My mother was teaching me, through the story, about kindness toward nature and all living things. As a child, I did not know the book had been banned in Nazi Germany as “political allegory on the treatment of Jews in Europe”. So many life lessons packed into a children’s story.

  243. My favorite childhood book was Winnie the Pooh.
    I identified with Eeyore. Still can’t find my tail.
    I do hope to win your book!
    Thank you for beautiful work.

  244. My favorite story as a child was “ The Lonely Doll Learns a Lesson” by Dare Wright.
    I loved how she photographed a doll and a stuffed Teddybear for the illustrations in the book. And that’s why I love your work because you’ve taken it to the next level! Your work is AMAZING!

  245. My favorite book was the Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown. I loved the detailed illustrations, and I think they influenced my love of fabric patterns and embroidery. And that bunny is just too sweet!

  246. My favorite picture book when I was a kid was The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. It still sits on my bookshelf today!

  247. I remember several Little Golden books, though I didn’t have a lot of books at home as a child. I still have most of mine from the 50s! Puffy the Puppy comes to mind. I’d love to read & treasure The Way Home. Your work is amazing. I wish I would have discovered you sooner!

  248. One of my favorite kids books is a book called Two Kittens ( I still have it an I am over 50 now). It has pictures of real kittens as well as pictures that are stitched and made with fabric. Somewhat like the pictures in your books.

  249. I loved The Story of Babar, and have wonderful memories of my father reading the Just So Stories to me.

  250. Salley your work is so inspiring – you give so much! My favorite childhood book was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It spoke to me of the importance of taking a long view and that what we give is much more important than what we receive.

  251. My favorite book as a child was “The Owl and the Pussycat”. Please he story was told with felt puppets. For the longest time, I thought it was my book, but I found out that it actually belonged to my older brother, so I gave it to his grandson last year.❤️

  252. The first books I remember as a child were chapter books like The Borrowers, The Betsy, Tacie and Tib series, and The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.  When my children were young I remember them requesting over and over the Dr Suess books. Another favorite author was Tomie dePaola. We even baked the holiday bread recipe from his book Watch out for Chicken Feet in your Soup.

    I just found your Instagram account and spent the morning browsing through all of your past post and looking up all of your books on Amazon.  I  love your fiber arts works and beautiful work. I usually quilt but have always loved embroidery.  I remember working as a hospital volunteer as a teenager and a (in my mind at least) very old and frail patient taught me how to do French knots.

    About a year (or two) ago I  started an embroidery project that was to be an illustration of a beautiful quote.  I used a combo of stitches and fabric collage.  I put it aside when I  hit the brick wall of making children. So frustrating.  Your little people have inspired me.  I have ordered your wee felted folks books. I am going to give it another try!

    I would love to win a copy of your first book. I am now an official (62 year old) fangirl!gg

  253. My favorite childhood book is “I’ll be you and you be me” by Ruth Krauss. My sister and I used to take turns reading the pages. It brings back such special memories. My 11 year old granddaughter is a champion for saving the elephants and raises money for the elephant sanctuary in Nashville, TN by baking cookies and busking on her violin. She would so love this wonderful book. 💓

  254. One of my favorite books from childhood was Perri, a Disney book about 2 squirrels Perri and Porro. I still have it! I loved the map of the forest where they lived and spent a lot of time pouring over it. I also loved a craft book that I constantly borrowed from the library. It was old in in poor condition. When it was pulled from the collection to be mended I was heartbroken and the librarian discarded it and gave it to me!

  255. A favorite book of mine growing up was The Little Critter books. I’d love to have a copy of yours for our family.

  256. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of one of your wonderful books! I’ve followed you as an artist for many years now, since I saw a story about you in the Mary Englebreit magazine. Probably my favorite book in childhood (and even now) is “Return to Gone-Away,” the sequel to “Gone-Away Lake” by Elizabeth Enright.
    Karen Peacock

  257. I was first fascinated by the shape of the tall, narrow book with the poem of “Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod” by Eugene Field before anyone read it to me. All my other books were shaped differently but this one was so easy to hold while I viewed the sweet illustrations of style of the 50’s children’s book. I’ve thought of that book off and on over the years. I can easily see it illustrated in your delightful style! I maybe 74 but I love looking at your books and enjoying all the wonderful ways you create them.

  258. My favorite children’s book is Where the Wild Thing Are. I purchased the book for my daughter and my grandsons too. Blessings Salley.

  259. Thank you Salley for this opportunity to participate in a drawing for one of your lovely books, my fingers are crossed!
    When I was little, we had a subscription for the Dr. Seuss books. It was so exciting, to get a book in the mail once a month. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish was the first story I read all by myself, I remember how proud I was!

  260. My favorite book when my children were small was The Poky Little Puppy. I would love to receive a copy for our local library where I work, the kids would love to have Miss Stacey read this to them!

  261. As a child, I was a voracious reader…and as such, I read so very many good books…making it somewhat difficult to settle on one as my favorite. However, the first book that popped into my mind as a favorite was, “They Loved to Laugh” by Kathryn Worth.

  262. Our family childhood favorite was Our Animals Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen. This book is silly, wry, and filled with love. It sits on our little girl’s bookshelf right next to Little Bear, The Bumper Book, and My Bed!

  263. I had so many favorite books growing up, but my first one was The Surprise Doll. That’s how I started collecting dolls from all over the world and wanting to travel the world. I love your books they are beautiful.

  264. I wish your books existed when I was a child. Some of my favorites were the Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter. I loved the colors and the way she drew animals.

  265. Mr. Bear Goes to Boston, Make Way for Ducklings were favorites for me and my 5 siblings growing up in the 50s and 60s.

  266. Some amazing and brilliant favourites book picks…. I would have to go with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

  267. Hi Salley,
    Love your work. My favorite book was The Kitten’s Secret by Margaret Gossett.
    Thanks for this opportunity.

  268. I was born and grew up in Taiwan and now live in California. Although there were not many children’s books/picture books in English in my childhood, there was one book that impressed me very much. Petunia, by Roger Duoooisin, is the name of the book.

  269. I would read anything and I still do. I don’t really have a favorite, but anything from the wizard of oz would grab my attention.

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